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Film Provokes Reflection & Challenges

Posted on October 11, 2015

by Dr. Edna Hussey on October 11, 2015

While your children were away from school this past Friday (October 9), faculty schoolwide participated in one of our most successful professional learning days. We gathered for the showing of Most Likely to Succeed (the film was shown to the general public in Bakken on September 25, sponsored by the Parent Community Association). The film was not only thought provoking, but also called us to action as we reflected on the reasons why we each chose education. Faculty met in small, informal discussion groups after viewing the film, then several shared their thoughts about the challenges (viewed as opportunities) for implementing deeper learning at Mid-Pacific. Some of these opportunities are re-thinking the learning schedule and the issue of time, the need for increasing teacher collaboration, and parent education about deeper learning. Serendipitously, these discussions inform the strategic planning process Mid-Pacific is currently undertaking. Faculty also attended presentations on learning differences and the social/emotional development of children by Karen Tyson, PhD and Allana Coffee, PhD, respectively. These sessions are the beginning of further professional learning to support teachers so that they are better informed to support the diverse learning needs of our students.

Other noteworthy happenings this past week at the preschool/elementary:

Eight teachers from Head Start used their professional day to visit our Reggio-inspired preschool. Usually after a morning observation, colleagues meet with the faculty to discuss their questions about the Reggio approach. The preschool faculty is offering a professional learning series on the documentation of learning and why it matters, beginning this Saturday, October 17, 9:00-11:30am. Contact Mrs. Schultz at, if you are interested in attending these sessions.

"Gathering for the Future" is an information session offered to elementary parents to learn more about the middle school, the next phase of their children's learning continuum. Following an overview by Principal Dwayne Priester, Ed.D., students and parents representing the middle school and high school responded to questions from the audience. Three of the four students began in our preschool or elementary.

Reading, yes? Sort of. Members of the Honolulu Rotary presented a new dictionary to each third grader, and students played a game of finding words in their dictionary. This is the fourth year the Rotarians have gifted our students with dictionaries. You would have smiled to see the students so engaged in their new word trove.

The Girls Varsity Volleyball team enjoyed lunch with preschool and elementary students prior to their homecoming game this Tuesday, October 13, in Bakken at 5:00pm. Check myPueo for information on the game and logistics. We hope our students attend the big game to cheer on their "big sisters."

In the spirit of Discoverer's Day, find some time just to be with your children this long weekend. What new learning will you have with them?

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.ʻ